MORE ABOUT ATV SUSPENSIONS.
Motocross riding usually takes place on closed circuits that includes jumps, sharp turns, whoop sections and flat sections to test the rider’s abilities and speed. This kind of riding needs a suspension able to absorb big impacts and offer good traction by keeping the wheels on the ground. The ATV suspension must allow the ATV to sit low to provide more stability when turning. Cross-country riding is more oriented towards testing the rider’s endurance and speed. Cross-country circuits are often loops including various natural obstacles that require more traction and a softer ride to prevent the rider from getting tired. The suspension must also keep its properties under long use and remain “fade-free”. It must also sustain medium-sized jumps while erasing small bumps.
Sport-utility vehicles suspensions need to provide comfort and avoid excessive body roll and rear end “bucking” (jacking). They also must provide more strength when working heavy loads. Desert riding needs more travel and a lighter damping. Desert suspension needs to react quickly to the terrain and keep the ATV high. Dune riding suspension needs to provide the most power to the wheels and have a very progressive feel. It must also provide big-hit resistance for jumps and a comfortable ride over tire tracks and choppy terrain.
On the compliance side of things, a new set of shocks go all the way around. Note that they're not just cheap over sprung shocks, but oil-filled piggy-back reservoir type quality pieces. Good shocks are an important part of a ATV suspension and can cost a premium and although these might not be considered race-suitable, they are a hands-down improvement over the stocks.